Sometimes, I like to tell people that I CrossFit just to see their reaction.

The responses vary across the board, but in general, there is an underlying misconception about what CrossFit actually is.

According to the corporate website, CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relative high intensity.

Simply put, different movements, from gymnastics skills to running to Olympic weightlifting, are programmed every day to improve all aspects of fitness.

There are 10 fitness domains we focus on improving every day: cardio/endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

We like to say we specialize in not specializing. It’s all about improving quality of life and having some fun along the way.

The reason why I CrossFit, though, has very little to do with the workout of the day (WOD). It has everything to do with the people.

CrossFit Seymour has built a community where membership feels like family. The workouts are challenging and sometimes intimidating, but the coaches and athletes encourage each other to the end.

Sometimes I have to work out on my own, but I can’t achieve the same level of results as I do in class. I genuinely look forward to going to the box (the CrossFitter term for gym) every day to hang out with my friends.

The CrossFit community isn’t an exclusive club, but it also isn’t the right fit for everyone.

It can be hard to walk through the door and find out.

Starting May 6, CrossFit Seymour is hosting a free community workout at the “Small Town Throwdown.”

Everyone is invited to come for a beginner level warm up and body-weight workout and to stay to see the more advanced athletes take on a benchmark CrossFit workout.

The free workout will begin at 6 p.m. and will be offered the first Friday of every month.

Check out the Facebook page or stop by in person.

We are excited to open our “Hub of Health” to the community and knock out some of the misconceptions CrossFit has brought with its booming success.

Grab a friend, and we’ll see you there!

RaeAnn Mellencamp is the head trainer at CrossFit Seymour. She can be reached through